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Let’s get real for a second – love is never easy to find. In fact, it can be downright impossible at times, or at least it can seem that way. That’s why, once you’ve found that ‘special someone’ it’s important to try and hold onto them and the relationship that the two of you share. Over time, relationships that were once fun, flirty and relaxed, can become slightly dreary and dull. While it’s 100% normal for the relationship that you have with your partner to change over time, the fact is that you still need to be happy with each other.

Long-term love is hard work, that’s a fact of life. The honeymoon stage of a relationship only lasts for a few months, after that the entire dynamic of the relationship changes. The key is ensuring that you know how to work with that dynamic to create a relationship that is strong enough to ‘go the distance’ and stand the test of time.

Of course, the question is, what does it take to do that – what do you need to do to give your relationship the very best chance of actually going the distance! Below is a guide to everything that you need to know, when it comes to giving your relationship the best chance of going the distance.

End an argument before going to bed

Never make the mistake of going to bed on an argument. Always ensure that you sort out any arguments before you go to bed, as that way you won’t then wake up in a bad mood. Dwelling on an argument just makes things worse, so it’s essential that you take the time to sort any arguments out before you go to bed, so that you don’t end up dwelling on things. The longer you dwell on an argument, the more angry and more stubborn you will be. So the moral of the story is to always make up from an argument before going to be – your relationship will be stronger for it.

Build trust 

If there’s one thing that significantly damages a relationship, it’s a lack of trust within it. That’s why it’s so essential that you take the time to build trust within your relationship, so that over time you and your partner always have trust in place, and can rely on each other. If you’re worries about where he goes and what he does, and are in need of some reassurance, then perhaps you might like to track his phone, to ensure that he is as trustworthy as he seems. Building trust isn’t easy, especially once the trust is gone, which is why it’s so important that you always ensure that you are making building trust a priority.

Stay spontaneous 

One of the very best things that you can do to keep the spark alive is to remain spontaneous in your approach to your relationship. It’s not easy staying spontaneous after such a long time together, but it’s important that you do so. Take unplanned trips. Go on adventures. Do things that you would never normally consider doing. It’s these kinds of things that will help to ensure that in the long-run, your relationship stays healthy and happy.

If you want to make your relationship go the distance, you need to listen to the lovers from yesteryear.